March 31, 2009
On the other hand, I enjoy knowing that other people are around for me to socialize with if I so desire. Yes, I am rarely bothered by a loud party outside my bedroom because I actually enjoy the thought that, if I wanted to, I could go out there and enjoy the party, too. But I rarely ever really want to.
But I gave him two month's notice in order to find a new roommate. Amazingly, The Blogless Fourth Axiom who reads this blog is on the market for a cheaper place, so he is going to take a look. So, it may be that they needn't search at all -- assuming they like him and he likes them and the room.
Also, I spoke with a broker yesterday who often has apartments in one of my favorite neighborhoods, Hell's Kitchen, and he said I should definitely start looking at the end of April and beginning of May in order to find a rent stabilized apartment in my price range in that area.
Then, my boss came by and she used to work for a moving truck company and she told me that Memorial Day is the largest moving day of the year and so there will probably be a large number of apartments coming available right when I want them. Of course, I will also be fighting with students over the cheapest, choicest place.
So, anyway, I'm circulating the word around that I am on the market for an apartment for June 1. And so far the process is going well!
The next thing I may try to do is to go ahead and pay the rest of my rent off so that that's out of the way.
March 30, 2009
My idea was to tell a sort of story involved with having and losing a romance. It's a readily accessible topic and is flexible enough to present a wide range of possible arrangements.
Lykke Li “Little Bit”
Bacilos “Mi Primer Millon”
Etta James “Just Want to make love to you”
Break Up Songs
Cowboy Mouth “Love of my life”
Emmylou Harris “Red Dirt Girl”
Marcy Playground “Opium”
Getting Over It
Lucinda Williams “Ventura”
Aimee Mann “Little Bombs”
Sheryl Crow “Mississippi”
Liz Phair “I got my own thing”
Mary Chapin Carpenter “I Feel Lucky”
Mika “Love Today”
Sergio Mendes & Blackeyed Peas “Mas Que Nada”
Bonus track: "Money" Flying Lizards
This playlist represents 56 minutes of music without the bonus track and I did a fair amount of chatting explaining what appeals to me in particular songs and how the songs are connected. I also gave some brief analysis and history of the music I've chosen. But all in all, I think it was a pretty good presentation even though I ran well over the 1 hour limit.
- Set an exact date.
- Tell my roommates.
- Find an apartment.
- Pay last bit of rent here.
- Pay first part of rent there along with all those other fees.
- Move my stuff!
- Unpack everything.
And once I have a date, I will notify my roommates very soon after. I'd like to tell them in person, but I so rarely actually see them in person that I may have to text or email, but one way or another, I will tell them this week, because I don't want them to have to find a new roommate at the last minute or to be stuck without someone paying their part of the rent for the month. The exact date of the move will determine how much of the month's rent I will agree to pay for the month of June.
So, look for an update this morning regarding the date!
Update: I'm going to move the first week of June. June 1 is a Monday and my mom is coming in on Thursday.
That means I can spend the weekend packing things up and getting ready and rent a truck on Monday to do most of my moving on my own. Then, on Tuesday, I could have movers bring the remainder of my furniture over. Of course, I may also just pack on the weekend and have the movers come on Monday and move everything, although that is more costly. We'll see.
And Wednesday could be for unpacking and everything. Hopefully, the cable company will be able to come in during the first part of the week, too.
That's a LOT of doing stuff in a very short period of time. I'm going to have to make sure I have everything in place
March 29, 2009
It would be nice to move back to Manhattan. It needs to be away from street noise and has to have good windows. Wood floors are so common here that I almost don't have to say that I want those. The key consideration, aside from location, is price.
The challenge around price isn't so much the monthly rent, but the expenses associated with finding and moving into a new place. Broker fees often run 15% of annual rent. Moving -- if I pay for some muscle, which I will -- will run around $500 depending on how much I pack up and move on my own.
So, while I would be happy to pay as much as $1,500 a month for a good location in Manhattan, I would need about $6,200 to cover all of the initial fees and things that would go into the endeavor.
Fortunately, I have my annual incentive bonus payout coming up in May. I don't know how much it will be, but I'm hoping it will be sufficient for this. The downside, of course, is that I was hoping to use my bonus to make a big, extra payment against my student loans. Even without it, though, I should be able to meet my June goal of paying those loans off.
I also did a bit of digging on Craigslist and found that there are lots of rent stabilized apartments in the city. Rent stabilization is state intervention in the amount that and landlord can increase your rent from month to month. I am categorically against such interventionism and would attribute much of the high prices for apartments to this sort of activity. Nevertheless, as a consumer, it would be idiotic for me not to take advantage of it.
I think I will be able to get a place in either Hell's Kitchen or in lower Harlem in my price range for Manhattan.
Adding to my conundrum is the fact that there are also some nice places available here in Queens. The benefit of Queens is that I can either get a bigger apartment for the same price that I'd pay in Manhattan, or I can get an equivalent size apartment for less.
There are pros and cons to living in any particular borough. So, I have a lot to think about, and I need to make up my mind about it by the end of April when my apartment hunt begins in earnest!
Monica recommended that I take a super dose of Vitamin D. I usually take a 1,000UI dose of Vitamin D daily, but she recommended 50,000UI.
I didn't have that many, but I did take about 25,000UI or so throughout the day. (I staggered it between two doses.) I felt a bit better, but not full speed. And then I had to make a business trip. I spent the trip hopped up on Dayquil, but I didn't get enough sleep for two nights in a row. Then, Friday morning, I took another 12,000 UI or so and a couple doses of Dayquil.
And Friday evening, I took some Nyquil.
I'm saying all of this because as of yesterday, I was really almost back to 100%. I'm still congested a little, but nothing like I was on Wednesday and Thursday and I don't have the headache and just plain yucky feeling either.
I do attribute this rather speedy recovery to the vitamin D I took. I wish I had known about this when I felt the sore throat starting up. I don't get colds very often, but I'm going to keep this in mind.
March 22, 2009
This isn't very accurate because I can think of at least one other person with my legal name. (My father.) And I sure hope there aren't fewer people than one with my name. That would be upsetting.
March 20, 2009
I do miss living in Georgia. I had a lot of space because I lived in my own three bedroom/two bathroom house with a giant yard all by myself. I now live in a three bedroom/one bathroom apartment with roof access and two roommates now. And I feel like I had a lot of time, too. I think it's because I drove everywhere, but I could get to work in 20 minutes or so. Also, I didn't have my television plugged in or anything.
I've lived in two different apartments since I moved up. I've made lots of fun friends. I've been to more concerts and live performances in the last three years than I'd been to in my entire life.
I've seen several celebrities including Madonna, Nathan Lane, Cillian Murphy, Aaron Grey, and Kevin Bacon. I've seen lots of movie shoots and generally regarded them as nuisances to my life as a pedestrian.
I've seen more snowfall than I've ever seen in my whole life, but not nearly as much as I would have liked to see while living here.
I've had two promotions at my job and three different bosses. I've made six trips for business.
As much as I love New York, I have a very strong desire to experience life in other places around the country and around the world. The result is that I sometimes get a trapped feeling here in the city, particularly when I notice how not-free the city is and how it's paying for it politically and economically. Even so, I think it's probable that I will live in New York for quite some time to come.
March 18, 2009
First of all, Paul Rudd is ADORABLE. He's totally allowed to ask me out any time, but he should be aware that I will rapidly take over the relationship and dominate him like a lovey-dovey tsunami. I'm just saying. I really think I could take him and there are just some guys (like him) that I know if I dated them would end up being the girl although I would never tell them that.
Second of all, I am absolutely mesmerized by inter-male friendships. Yes, I'm sure it's partly a gay thing, but I love watching straight guys be friends with one another. And when guys are nice to me in a platonic way it's like cocaine to me. I just love it.
I totally understand women being friends with each other. I understand gay guys being friends, kinda. But straight guys being friends is like ice-cream and puppies from heaven or something. I don't know. I love it.
My love for bromances is really only second only to my love for, well, sodomy romance... sodomance? Gay.
I can't remember where I was going with this. Paul Rudd, I think.
I'm a young 31!
hat tip: Noodlefood
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March 17, 2009
As you may or may not know, my parents, my father specifically, are very into genealogy. They like to attend these HUGE family reunions in which people from all over the country all meet up and chat about stuff. There's this green book on their shelf that outlines the family history since we came to America, although a lot of it is apocryphal and undocumented family lore. They're working on updating it, though.
At the risk of revealing my top secret identity (a fact that I believe is going to come out in the next three or four months anyway), I'll just go ahead and tell you that I am patrilinearly descended from a brother of one Alexander Peden of the Ayrshire Pedens which were a sept of the clan McDonald. Ayrshire being a place in south west Scotland and McDonald being a fairly large clan whose farmers have inspired much eeaieeaiohing.
Our tartan is apparently black and purple. I think it's hideous, but highland festivals are pretty boring anyway, so I can't imagine needing it for any reason.
Peden, by the way, was pronounced "pay-dn" back then, but since the move to America half of the family, the half I'm in, has taken to pronouncing it "pee-dn."
Because Alexander Peden was a freaky Protestant "prophet" who went around wearing a really hideous leather mask, the Catholic government of Scotland back in the mid to late 1600's was not very happy and so they chased him and his family around the countryside.
Eventually, they decided to just up and move to the hinterlands of Ireland where they ran amok for about 100 years until another Alexander (if I recall correctly) picked his family up and moved to America just before the American Revolution. They sailed into Charleston, SC and then started making babies and spreading all over the place.
At those giant family reunions, people identify their lineage by refering to which of the first generation American Pedens they descended from. I'm from the house of Samuel, the first born. I think that was roughly 10 generations ago.
My legal name, which I will leave unspoken here, actually reflects some of this ancestry. My legal first name is actually my great-great-great-great-grandmother's maiden name and my legal middle name appears to be my great-great-great-grandmothers' maiden name.
A while back, my father got a Y-Chromosome genetic mapping done. Y-Chromosome because it remains largely unchanged from generation to generation of male offspring. The results showed that we're share the most markers with the Scottish, Irish, and English with a fair bit of German and other northern Europeans. There's also a minor amount of similarity between us and the Ashkenazi.
So, basically, I get to celebrate every holiday EVER.
March 12, 2009
So, this morning, I got up, got dressed, and went to the place and put my clothes in the washer. Plenty of time to wash, dry, and then pack. YAY!
I went back to my apartment to pack what I could while the clothes were in the washer. But when I returned to the laundromat, I found that one of the washers broke mid-cycle and my clothes never got to spin dry.
So, I had to put my clothes in for another complete cycle!!!
Now I'm totally freaked out because the time is wasting away while my clothes wash AGAIN and I have to leave for the airport soon.
I'm hoping that by splitting them into smaller loads, they will dry faster, though.
I know I'm compulsively early for things, especially the airport, so I should just relax knowing I've allotted more than enough time to get to Newark, but part of what makes me early is the fact that I can't relax like that. So, I'm totally freaking out right now.
March 07, 2009
I came in to my room, put my stuff down and got ready for bed. I sleep in my underwear, so I stripped down to my underwear, climbed in to bed, and watched a few minutes of television. Then, I decided I was too sleepy to stay up longer, so I turned off the television, put my remote in the usual place next to my bed and went to sleep.
This morning, I woke up and I was completely naked. Stranger than that, my television remote control was on the opposite side of my bed on my dresser as if it had been thrown there. The batteries were on the floor, but the battery cover was still on the remote.
I still have no idea what happened. All I can think is that I must have sleepwalked a little. So strange!
March 06, 2009
Sadly, at my job, I'm not the good guy in this video. I'm one of those yahoos saying, "Maybe a starburst that says 'NEW.' You know, if it's not too busy."
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